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Sailing on a perfect day
Harlingen Departure

We made the trip onboard the 100 year old vessel "Iselmar".

Ferry to Terschelling

More ships were heading out, like the ferry "Friesland" (going to Terschelling).

Leaving Harlingen

Looking back at the Harling harbor while sailing on the Waddenzee.


Some other ships on the way to Kornwerderzand.


Kornwerderzand is one of 2 spots were you can go from the Waddenzee to the Ijsselmeer through "De Afsluitdijk". This dike of 30 km was made to protect the inner coast of The Netherlands.

The locks

Here we pass the rotating bridge; holding up all traffic on the dike.

Afsluitdijk passing

Almost through; ready to go to the locks.

The fortress

Kornwerderzand was a stronghold in World War 2. There is a museum made in the old "bunkers".

The Locks

Going to the locks.

Old glory

The old lock control post.

Controlling it all

And the new one.

Water rising

Waiting for the water to level out.

Hoisting the sails

The main mast is 26 meters high, so there is some hoisting to do.


Lucky there is some gear to make the job easier.

Up, up and away

Turning and turning and turning ....

Here we go!

.... and turning ....


.... until ....

Waiting for the wind

.... you reach the top ....

Looking up

.... and catch some wind.


A slow boat to ...............

Onboard Impressions

The father of schipper Jan now is in sailing control.

Impression downstairs

Downstairs there are cabins with all facilities and a well equipped bar.


Sea air makes hungry.

Lunch time!

So everybody came down.


And this attracted some uninvited visitors.

The coastline

More ships headed that way.

More coast

In the meantime we came closer to Makkum.

Closer to land

The first sign of what was to come.


The side of the ship.

Slowing down

The sails went down again.

Preparing to dock

And the ropes were prepared.


Makkum and tiles.


The entrance to Makkum.


Lots of sailing boats.

On shore

Our temporary anchorplace.

Fishing boats

Fishing boats ....

The helmsman

This is "Jan", the schipper of the Iselmar.


.... drying their nets.


A first impression.

Draw bridge

One of the bridges.

Local tower

"De Waagtoren" from 1698.

Gable stones

Stone plates in the tower.

More gablestones


The sign that explains it all (in Dutch!).

Ceramic factory

Makkum is famous for the ceramic tiles. Even the office sign of the tiles factory is made of these tiles.

More stones

They got this mermaid too.


View on the village with the tugboat "Wilskracht" in front.


Local street (of course with a bicycle).

Window shopping

Makkum is ideal for window shopping.

Reflection of Makkum

Fine glassware.


And a tile shop.


A last picture in between the houses.

Back to Harlingen

We went back to Harlingen via the locks of Kornwerderzand again. The first thing we saw in "De Waddenzee" were some sunbathing seals.

The waterway

Poles indicating the local fishing grounds and nets.

Heading for ...

More poles ....


.... and even more poles.

Slow pace

Follow your leader.

A guide at sea

A "road" sign.

and another one

A sign of ....




Afterwards we had to sing seaman songs with "Windkracht 10".

Ship's info

The "Iselmar" is a two mast clipper, build in 1902.
Length 38 meters, width 6.1 meters, sail surface 400 ms.
It can house 34 guest.
Hot and cold water available.
3 showers, 220 V 50 Hz onboard.

Our ship


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